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embracing-and-entertaining-all-at-once

Indeed I refer to the Maori war dance known as the ‘Haka’. Many of you have likely witnessed the Haka being performed by the All Blacks Rugby team during their pre-match rituals. Should you have been inspired by this great theatre spectacle, how would you now like to watch it being performed by the native Maoris and thereafter pit your wits at performing it yourself?

Final-position-of-the-Haka

Final-position-of-the-Haka

Should you find yourself in the town of Rotorua, New Zealand, be sure to book yourself onto the Tamaki Village Maori Cultural experience. The highlight of the evening is undoubtedly the Haka tutorial including the translation of the its fierce words. The one phrase you will be certain to remember is ‘Ka Mate’ (I may die), such is the importance that this dance represents in Maori history of their survival against the enemies.

 

Furthermore the final move of the Haka involves putting your hands on your ribs and yelling out ‘hi!’ whilst wagging your tongue out (known as the ‘Pukana’) to give a sense that you are ready for the fight. After this insightful experience you may find yourself performing the Haka in front of the mirror or indeed amongst friends and family. It might get perceived as humorous or serious, it all depends how fiery one looks!

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spine-tingling-viewing-close-up

 

 

 

Links to previous articles

 

http://b-c-ing-u.com/2016/12/04/ranjit-reminisces-falling-queenstown/

http://b-c-ing-u.com/2016/10/30/ranjit-reminisces-tossing-throwing-tomatoes/

 

 

About Ranjit Shergill

I love opinions whether I agree or disagree with them and as such writing presents me with the golden opportunity to share my views across a large landscape of readers. My aspiration is to draw viewership from all backgrounds, thereby reaching out to a worldwide audience. Whilst on a flight to India when I was seven years old I sang jingle bells for the whole duration of the flight. This subsequently led to my growing interests in aviation and indeed travelling. I currently work in Sports Analytics and see my job as a privilege getting to watch sport which most followers would do for free! It is safe to say that I am addicted to travelling, whether it be going on off the beaten track experiences that I endured during my trip through the backroads of Central America or going on city bike tours in glamorous settings such as the River Danube. I embrace cultural hotspots and feel that travelling combines exciting adventures with humbling life experiences. I currently reside in my hometown of Harrow in London, United Kingdom. Given that London is one of the most visited and storied cities in the world, I feel very privileged to have grown up in such an environment. !